Dr. Cris Beer studies biomedical science and integrative medicine. She is a health consultant for the Biggest Loser retreat, a personal trainer, and the author of Healthy Habits.
Dr. Beer explains that we are creatures of habit, and that what we practice most will become a habit. Some of these habits enter our lives by chance, but then with repetition they are incorporated into our lifestyles. When this repetition occurs consistently, new pathways are formed within the brain that makes this new habit a sort of automated process. Typically, it takes 21 to 40 days to form a new habit.
One of the ways to help form a habit is through positive association. If the act is making you feel good, you will want to keep doing it. Another factor is ensuring that the act is achievable. This will help to set you up for success. Similarly, to avoid certain habits, make them inaccessible. Accountability is another important factor in building habits. It is helpful to have someone or something to hold you accountable. This will prevent you from talking yourself out of doing what you have committed to doing.
Dr. Beer also shared the top five habits to incorporate in order to make a big difference to one’s overall health in a short period of time.
The first is to avoid a shrinking brain by avoiding caffeine and alcohol, as these can dehydrate you and cause anxiety. Alcohol in particular is a sugar that can impact your overall health as well. The second habit is to sleep well consistently, ideally getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Additional habits include eliminating toxic stress, balancing your blood sugar, and learning to breathe properly.
By adopting these healthy habits, you can truly take control of your health and see real change in your life. For more information on Healthy Habits or to contact Dr. Cris Beer directly, visit www.drcris.com.au.